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September Tidings 2017

Trinity Tidings

Roaring Spring, PA 16673                                                     September 2017

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     I recently read a letter that Bishop Ough, President of the Council of Bishops in the United Methodist Church and I thought that I would share some of the reflections in his letter with you. 

     My shock, dismay and grief over the clashes between white supremacy advocates and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, continue to grow.  I grieve for the lives lost, and pray for the family of Heather Heyer, the families of the two state troopers killed while monitoring the Charlottesville demonstration from the air, and for the healing of all the injured.  I am shocked by the blatant resurgence of white nationalism, neo-Nazism and racially motivated domestic terrorism in the United States.  I am dismayed (and frightened) by the animosity, division, extremism and evil that is spiraling out of control in the U.S. 

     Let there be no excuses or political justification for the evil that was on full display in Charlottesville.  Nor, let us forget that many such displays of white supremacy, racism and hatred go un-reported or under-reported in many places.  White supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies are abhorrent and entirely inconsistent with the Christian faith. 

     Jesus called His followers to “love one another.”  It is clear this key spiritual imperative means all neighbors without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.  And, Paul, taught that “enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions and factions” are among many works of the flesh that are antithetical to the Kingdom of God.  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  (Galatians 5:19-23)  These works of the Spirit lead to peace-making and the Kingdom of God.

     The Social Principles of our United Methodist Church are a clarion call and powerful witness in times such as these.  “We affirm that no identity or culture has more legitimacy than any other.  We call the Church to challenge any hierarchy of cultures or identities.”  (Paragraph 161 A, page 110, 2016 Book of Discipline).  And, from Paragraph 162A it says:  “Racism, manifested as sin, plagues, and hinders our relationship with Christ, inasmuch as it is antithetical to the Gospel itself…Therefore, we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons.  We commit as the Church to move beyond symbolic expressions and representative models that do not challenge unjust systems of power and access.”  And may I also share that in the arms in the Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights…..that are among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

     I pray that the shock, dismay and grief of Charlottesville will be a turning point for the U.S. and even the United Methodist Church.  We share collective responsibility to turn our thin words into thick actions.  We share collective responsibility to break our silence.  We share collective responsibility to restore health to the communities and relationshi8p out of which extremism, hatred and racism grow.  We share collective responsibility, as followers of the Prince of Peace, to create non-violent communities where people with different political and religious views respect each other.  We share responsibility to articulate the vision of the Beloved Community where no person feels endangered on account of their social, racial or cultural identity.

     This collective responsibility begins by each of us examining our own hearts for the prejudice that contributes to attitudes of supremacy or hatred, or to violence, or silence or fear.  Peacemaking and reconciliation always begins within.  This is the moment for the United Methodist Church and all peoples of faith to be bold in our witness against racism and white supremacy.  The vision of the Beloved Community lies not behind us, but before us.  I urge us to pray for the Holy Spirit to break through and work through the United Methodist Church to heal our broken world and make tangible, visible the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

     Would you continue to join me in praying for peace in our community and in the world around us.  Let there be peace on earth – and let it begin – with me….


Blessings for the journey,


Rev Kevin

 

OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

     Jim Hilligass (Wib Hite’s son-in-law), Lois Corrente family (Megan Brown’s grandmother who died), Loralei Hazenstab, Jake Ebersole family (passed away leaving 3 small children), Jamie Spiridigliozzi (bulbous emphazyma). 
The Locker family would like to thank everyone for praying for their grandson, Christian, who was born without a left ventricle (he received excellent care at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and was discharged 3 weeks early).  The family made it back home safely to Colorado Springs and Christian is off of all machines.  Thank you for the outpouring love and concern that you lifted up for our grandson.  We felt the prayers that you offered up for our family.  You will never know what this means to us.  
 
 


PRAYER FOR SEPTEMBER

     Lord Jesus, Your Kingdom is Good News for a world caught in racial hostility.  We ask that You would give us grace for the deep challenges facing our world today.  Lord, we confess our anger, our deep sadness, and our collective sense of weakness to see this world healed through our own strength.  Lord, confess that the Gospel is Good News for the oppressed.  Lord, we confess that the Gospel has the power to form a new people not identified by dominance and superiority, but by unity in the Spirit.  Lord, we ask that You would help us name our part in this country’s story of racial oppression and hostility.  Whether we have sinned against others by seeing them as inferior, or whether we have been silence in the face of evil.  Forgive us of our sin.  Lord, we ask that You would form us to be peacemakers.  May we be people who speak the truth in love as we work for a reconciled world.  Lord, we commit our lives to You, believing that You are working in the world in spite of destructive powers.  Bring healing to those who are hurt, peace to those who are anxious, and love to those who are fearful.  We wait for You, Lord, because we realize that only You can make all things new. 

 

 September

September 9 – 5-6:30 Manna on Main Street (Hamburgers and buttered noodles)

September 10 – “Hands in Motion” will be sharing in the morning worship Service

September 12 – Pastor attending “A Day Apart with Bishop Park” in State College

                        6 PM  Men’s Fellowship Dinner

7 PM  Administrative Council Meeting

September 16 – 1:30 PM  Sandy Elliott/ Gary Polchito Wedding

September 17 – Back to Church Sunday

September 18 – 28  Rev. Kevin on vacation

September 25 – 12-1 Manna on Monday Lunch (Pulled Pork Sandwiches)

 

 

 

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

 

     Wow! What a blessing is ours to realize that we fed 5,336 lunches this summer.  This is the second year in a row where we have fed over 5,000 lunches.  But we are not able to do this without a whole church and community around us that love and support this vital ministry.  The Church prides itself in being “the Church that feeds people – physically, spiritually and emotionally”…and that is what we have done in a mighty way.  This ministry wouldn’t be what it was without the 3 people in key leadership roles (Valerie Locker who coordinates the meals and cooks, Fred Hetrick who pays the bills and Jerry Green who cares for all of our paperwork with the state).  We would not be able to serve the meals without the cooks and the kitchen help who come in 1 day or all 5 days a week to help cook, serve, and then clean up.  We could not do what we do without the youth of the Church who come in to serve milk and help clean up the hall when we are finished.  We can’t do it without the men and women of the Church who baked cookies or cakes and brought them in just at the right time when we needed them the most.  We couldn’t do what we do without the Community around us.  There is a man from the community who (through his prayer life) received a word from the Lord that he needed to dedicate part of his garden for the Church – and last year the Lord told him he needed to double the size of his garden.  We also have a local Mennonite woman who keeps us supplied in zucchini, more zucchini, cucumbers and summer squash.  We had people who went to Bellville and brought back fresh fruit.  We had a local business that brought tasty cake snacks where the boxes might have been slightly dented.  So, like I said, it takes a Church and a loving Community around us that helps to make this program what it is today.  Thank you for making this Pastor so very proud!  There was a parent who came up to thank the congregation with these words “we thank God that you have been blessed by God to bless us through these many meals” and we also received a sign from one of the families that read “THANK YOU BUNCHES FOR OUR LUNCHES”.  And last but not least – we praise God for every child and adult who came to enjoy a meal with us.  We have indeed been blessed by God to be a blessing to the community around us.  Thank you Trinity Church for answering the call to serve our community.  

 

FINANCIAL NEWS
July 2017
Income: $13,294.60
Expense: $13,988.61
Net Loss: $694.01

 

We are happy to announce that we have been able to pay all of our “Shares of Ministry” a few months ahead.  Our balance on the Roof is $26,776 (which is just amazing because we first took out the loan for $60,000).  Thank you for your generosity!  

 

 

TWO FUNDRAISERS FOR THE SAME CAUSE
 
Men’s Fellowship Group
will be sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner to help raise funds for Rachel (Mingle) Galloway’s Mother-In-Law. She is in need of a medical lift to help transport her. The dinner will be held on September 14th here at TUMC fellowship hall. More details to come
 
Women’s Fellowship
Raisin Filled Cookie Sale
$6 A Dozen

Fresh cookies will be ready for pick up on September 7th.

There will be an order form in the back of the church or see Val. Please sign up to help prepare these delicious cookies on the 5th & 6th.

 

TRUSTEES NEWS

            The Trustees have been seeking bids for air-conditioning the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall.  They will be having all of the Church entrance doors painted within the next few weeks.  The carpeting in the sanctuary will be cleaned soon and we will replace the carpeting in the Church offices.    

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

Jason Dick is once again organizing our Bike-a-thon for St. Jude’s Children Hospital (this is a part of what used to be the Tot Spot “Trike-a-thon” which they participated in for close to 30 years.  We will be having our Bike-a-thon on Sunday, October 1st and there will be more details to follow in the Sunday Bulletin. 

 

Our New Lector & Greeter Coordinator

We would like to thank Linda Felton for stepping forward to be our Lector and Greeter Coordinator.  Please give Linda a call to volunteer.  That would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Bible Study starting in October

            Rev. Kevin will be starting a Bible Study on Adam Hamilton’s Book entitled “Half Truths – things that the Bible doesn’t say”.  There will be a group meeting on Monday nights at the parsonage at 7 PM and there will probably be a group that meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM in the IHS Sunday School Classroom.  People are encouraged to purchase a book before hand  (Rev. Kevin has ordered books for people that have signed up for the class already). 

 
COMMUNITY PICNIC

     We wish to thank those who assisted us in handing out Doritos, potato chips, pretzels and chocolate milk as a part of our “FREE COMMUNITY PICNIC”.  There were close to 500 people who came to the Picnic and it was a great opportunity to tell people within our community that we are the Church that feeds people.  Thank you Fred, Jerry, Val, Kate, Rebekah, Julia, Izabella and Alexia for assisting us in reaching out to the Roaring Spring Community. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 12

            We will be having our Council Meeting earlier this month because we have to vote on most of the material that we will be presenting for our Church Conference Meeting in October (October 8 – 4:30 – 1st UMC Hollidaysburg).  We will be voting on the Committee on Lay Leadership Report, Pastor’s Salary for 2018, Lay Speakers Report, Lay Delegate to Annual Conference.  Please note the early date for this meeting…..

            **Please mark your calendars – Church Conference – October 8 at 4:30 at 1st UMC in Hollidaysburg. 

 

UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR February 4-7, 2018

Rev. Kevin and Valerie will be attending the United Nations Seminar (Sponsored by the United Methodist Church in New York City from Febraury 4-7.  The theme this year will be “VIOLENCE, TERROR and PEACE” and we will discuss how we as followers of Christ and United Methodists can build peace in our communities and around the world.  The cost of the trip is $395 (please let the Pastor know if you might need assistance in paying for this trip). 

 

Would YOU Like TO Join TRINITY United METHODIST Church?

 

            The Pastor will be taking new members in to the Church soon and needs to know if there is anyone else who would like to unite with our congregation.  There are 2 people who would like to join already – so please contact him if you would like to join Trinity Church.

 

HANDS IN MOTION will be sharing in our morning Worship on Sunday, September 10th at 9:30.  They are a sign language group that goes around Blair County sharing in the morning worship Service.  They will be signing the songs that we will be singing on that Sunday and they will be sharing 2 skits with us as well.  You will not want to miss it!

 

NATIONAL BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 17TH

From our Youth Coordinator:

Hello! I am so excited to start back up this fall, and hope you all are too! Sunday School will begin on September 10th and EPIC will begin on September 20th. If you are interested in helping, please let Carissa know! Volunteers are always needed an appreciated!

 

*Our Sunday School will be back in full swing on Sunday, September 10th.  We will have an Elementary Class for students grades 1-6 and a Youth Class from grades 7-12.  We will also have a nursery if we have people who want to attend that class.  The IHS Sunday School Class has continued to meet and I believe that there will be a class starting in the Memorial Room soon (these would be great classes for adults of the Church to attend). 

 

*EPIC will once again be starting on Wednesday, September 20th at 5 PM.  We will meet in 2 groups – an elementary group and a youth group.  We will meet until 6 and then we will be having combined singing and we will eat at 6:15 PM.  We are always looking for teachers – so please see Sandy Elliott or Erin Smith if you would like to assist in the Elementary Classes and Carissa Blair if you would like to assist with the Youth.  There are more children from our community who come out (who are not regular attenders to Sunday School on a Sunday morning) so we have a tremendous opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. 

 

 

A Plea from the Nursery Coordinator:

With the start of Back to Church, we are looking for people willing to help serve in the nursery. If we can get enough helpers we can create a rotation. As of now we have 1-2 children in need of us and we pray we have more to come! If you would be willing to serve there is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church or contact Julia Williams or Rebekah Dick.

 

 

From our Prayer Chain Coordinator:

Would you like to be a part of our prayer family? No phone calls to be made….The only skill needed is the ability to pray! If you would like to be added please call Lisa in the office or let Sally Weicht know.